Gun Related News Stories
Sen. Markey & Rep. Maloney Want To Waste 60 Million On Gun Violence Research - May 22, 2014
Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) today introduced bicameral legislation to fund research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on gun violence prevention and firearms safety. The legislation calls for $10 million each year for six years beginning in fiscal year 2015. President Obama included $10 million in his budget proposal released in March after lifting the 17-year ban on federal gun violence research in 2013.
Brady Campaign Suing New Jersey To Enforce Smart Gun Law - May 21, 2014
A national gun control group is suing New Jersey's attorney general, claiming the state has failed to comply with its own law on gun technology. The lawsuit, by the Washington-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and a local chapter of the Million Mom March, accuses the state's attorney general's office of failing to file reports on the availability of smart guns in the US, as required by law.
The law, signed by governor James McGreevey in 2002, is controversial among gun rights advocates, because it stipulates that three years after the technology becomes available, the only guns sold in New Jersey will be smart guns. Since the technology did not exist when the bill was signed 12 years ago, the law required the attorney general to produce progress reports to the New Jersey legislature every six months.
Smart Gun Maker Filed Patent for Remote Kill Switch - May 18, 2014
Not that we didn't think it would never happen but proof of the filing of a patent for a remote 'kill switch' for smart guns has been discovered. The patent was filed by Armatix, the maker of the 'smart gun' that has been in the news so often.
Translated from German the patent says "Preferably, the inventive device is designed such that the device or the activated identification medium authenticated in response to a signal transmitted from a remote station to the device wake-up and request signal, whereupon the remote station a logical and / or physical access or access to one and allows or prevents a target device. Preferably, the apparatus of the invention can be controlled remotely, for example via satellite and can send information to a satellite."
Remington Begins Consolidation, Offers AAC Employees Severence - May 15, 2014
Behind closed doors at the Advanced Armament Corporation facility in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Remington Outdoor Company told employees that AAC will be moving in February 2015. Our source inside AAC says all AAC employees were offered severance packages and told they could reapply for open positions at ROC's new Huntsville, Alabama mega-facility.
Jindel Will Sign 'Guns In Restaurants' Bill - May 15, 2014
Handgun permit holders in Louisiana will soon be allowed to bring loaded guns into restaurants that serve alcohol.
The Louisiana State Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that eliminates a long-time ban on guns in restaurants where alcohol is served. The law, passed by the state House earlier this year, would also allow off-duty officers to carry their weapons into bars. Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) office said Wednesday he will sign the bill.
Did ATF Just Approve New Machine Gun Sales For Gun Trusts? - May 15, 2014
According to a new blog entry by Joshua Price (fair notice, Josh represents AMGOA), a new decision by ATF may have just opened the door to new machine gun sales for the first time since 1968. From his blog:
So, we have a prohibition on any 'person' transferring or possessing a machinegun which was not lawfully registered before May 19, 1986. BUT, an unincorporated trust is not a 'person' under the GCA, so this provision cannot apply to it.
In turning to the National Firearms Act, as amended, 26 U.S.C. 5801, et seq., we find that a 'person' is defined as including a trust, pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 7701. Yet, there exists no 922(o)esque provision in Section 5801, et seq.
Therefore, pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 5812 and 5822, an unincorporated trust may lawfully transfer and make machineguns, as it is not a 'person' for purposes of the GCA and Section 922 only applies to 'persons' as defined by the GCA. And yes, this opens up a lot more issues for ATF in relation to the purchase of firearms by trusts under the GCA. Someone isn't likely to be employed much longer.
If Attorney Price is correct, and he is testing the theory by applying for a stamp, ATF may have just made the biggest blunder they have made in years.
Remington Recalls Two Rifle Models - May 13, 2014
Buyers looking to purchase a Remington rifle before the fall hunting season will find the selection on the shelves of their favorite gun store a bit more bare than usual right now.
Remington has determined that some Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge, reads a recall notification on the company's website.
Guam Legislature Approves Concealed Carry - May 10, 2014
Residents could soon be able to get a concealed firearms permit if they meet certain qualifications, if the governor signs a bill that was passed into law by the Legislature yesterday.
Bill 296 would align Guam's firearms law with other jurisdictions and require the police department to issue concealed firearms permits to residents who meet certain requirements.
DC Carry Case Blocked By In Court - May 9, 2014
Washington, D.C. is the only place in the country where no one is allowed to legally carry a gun outside the home.
District residents are trying to challenge the law in court, but the justice system has denied them due process. The almost five-year delay in Palmer v. District of Columbia is so extreme that some suspect political games.
New York Time Busts Anti-Gun Group For Texas Jack In The Box Lie - May 9, 2014
Once again one of Bloomberg's anti-gun group has been caught red handing lying to the press to make a situation look bad.
The story they released several weeks ago about the open carry rally at a Jack In The Box had the employees hiding in the freezer in terror.
Yet new information has come out proving that not only did they not hide in the freezer they served the rally people.
Oklahoma Senate Overrides Governor's Veto - NFA Bill Becomes Law - May 8, 2014
The Oklahoma Senate has voted to override Gov. Mary Fallin's veto of a House bill dealing with federal gun regulations.
The Senate voted 39-0 Thursday to override. The House voted 86-3 on April 30 for the veto override and the bill now becomes law without the governor's signature.
Missouri Voters Will Decide Gun Rights Amendment To Constitution - May 7, 2014
Missouri lawmakers sent voters a proposed amendment to the state constitution on Wednesday intended to strengthen the right to bear arms.
The Republican-led Senate voted 23-8 to add the bill to the statewide November general election ballot. The proposal passed the House a day earlier with a 122-31 vote.
The amendment would define the right to bear arms as "unalienable" and require the state to defend against any "infringement" of that right. It would also include keeping ammunition and defending one's "family" with a firearm as guaranteed constitutional rights.
New Study Shows Gun Crime Way Down Yet Most People Think It's Way Up - May 7, 2014
Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.
Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center.
In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half. Other gun crimes fell even more sharply, paralleling a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns. Violent crime dropped steeply during the 1990s and has fallen less dramatically since the turn of the millennium.
Virginia And Washington Now Recognize Kansas Permits - May 7, 2014
Two more states have agreed to recognize Kansas concealed carry licenses, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
The states of Virginia and Washington have each notified the Kansas Attorney General's office that Kansas-issued permits are now recognized in their respective states. This brings the number of states where Kansas licenses are recognized to 36, up from 24 at the start of 2011.
New Jersey Committee Passes Magazine Limit And 22 Rifle Ban - May 6, 2014
On May 5, New Jersey's Senate Law and Public Safety Committee passed SB993, the ban against magazines holding more than 10 rounds and .22 rifles, along with other guns, with fixed magazines holding more than ten rounds.
The ban will outlaw 43 rifles including .22 rifles like the "Marlin Model 60, Remington Nylon 66, and Winchester 190." The ban does this by broadening the label of "assault firearm" to include .22 rifles with a fixed magazine exceeding 10 rounds.
Supreme Court Denies NJ Drake Case - May 5, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court this morning denied certiorari in a case challenging the arbitrary nature of New Jersey's concealed carry permitting scheme, leaving gun rights activists fuming and convinced the high court is afraid to address the issue of carrying firearms outside the home for personal protection.
Oklahoma House Votes To Override Governor's Veto Of HB2461 - April 30, 2014
The Oklahoma House of Representatives has voted to override Governor Mary Fallin's veto of House Bill 2461, the first time in state history that a Republican majority has overridden its own party governor. According to sources the state Senate is unwilling to follow the same path as the state House.
HB 2461 would require that a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) sign an application for the transfer of any item regulated under the National Firearms Act within fifteen days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving it.
Pentagon To Destroy One Billion In Ammunition - April 28, 2014
The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources.
It's impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction - valued at $1.2 billion by the Pentagon - remains viable because the Defense Department's inventory systems can't share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
Drake v. Jerejian On Today's SCOTUS Conference Calendar - April 25, 2014
The NJ case having to do with 'justifiable need' to be issued a permit to conceal carry in front of the supreme court is finally on the conference calendar. Hopefully we will have an answer by Monday.
Female Gun Instructors In High Demand - April 24, 2014
The market for female gun instructors is booming as more women want to learn to shoot, both for self defense and for sport, said Tina Wilson-Cohen, who owns She Can Shoot, an all-women firearm and self-defense training business in Fairfax, Va.